It’s been a rough month for Netflix. Disney has announced that they are going to be removing all of their movies and shows from Netflix, as they are planning on starting their own streaming service in the future. This means that Netflix will no longer have access to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, or the numerous classic Disney animated movies.
Netflix isn’t down yet, though. They are still producing amazing original content of their own. Disney seems to be relying on their huge library of existing properties, while Netflix continues to push the boundaries with brand new programming.
We are here today to look at the most interesting new movies and TV shows that will be added to Netflix in October of 2017– from a new Stephen King adaptation to the return of the best original show made by Netflix.
Here are the 15 Shows And Movies You Didn’t Know Were Coming To Netflix This October.
The huge success of It has allowed everyone to forget about the disaster of The Dark Tower and has provided everyone with the chance to appreciate the works of Stephen King once more. This may be why two different Stephen King properties are being added to Netflix this month.
The movie 1922 is based on a Stephen King novella of the same name. It is about a man named Wilfred who murders his wife after she threatens to walk out with their son. This causes Wilfrid to slowly start losing his mind, as he believes that the ghost of his wife has returned to exact revenge.
The early reviews for 1922 have been positive so far. There have been numerous adaptations of Stephen King’s work and the success ratio hasn’t been great. Netflix has so far been dedicated to producing high-quality adaptations of King’s novels, with 1922 looking to be another hit.
14. The Meyerowitz Stories
Adam Sandler has starred in a lot of terrible movies in his time. He has a few cinematic atrocities to his name, such as Pixels, Little Nicky, Jack and Jill, and The Ridiculous 6. Each of these films was despised by critics, yet loved by audiences, who seem to like the horrible jokes that exist between the obvious product placement.
Is Adam Sandler beyond redemption? Can he go back to the glory days of Billy Madison, or is he condemned to spend the rest of his career making trash? His bad movie streak seems to have come to an end if the early reviews of The Meyerowitz Stories are correct.
The Meyerowitz Stories is a film about an estranged family who reunites after a long absence from each other. It has a star-studded cast, with Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson playing the lead roles. The Meyerowitz Stories is being billed by some as Sandler’s comeback, with all of the performances being lauded for their excellence. This is the last movie to be made as part of his four-movie deal with Netflix and by all accounts, it is the best.
There have been many movies about bank robberies that go wrong. It seems that screenwriters and directors have grown bored of the concept, however, which is why we see more films about getaway drivers than the bank robbers themselves.
This is what led to the release of awesome movies like Drive. The question remains if this concept is fresh enough to be used multiple times without getting stale? The recent success of Baby Driver seems to suggest that there is some life left in the story of getaway drivers, which is why we are also getting Wheelman.
Wheelman is a movie about a professional getaway driver, who is double-crossed while out on a job. He is stuck with a car full of money, as he is being pursued across the city. The driver has to discover who betrayed him, as his family is now in danger of being killed over the result of the robbery. Netflix purchased the exclusive distribution rights to the film.
12. Donnie Darko
This movie will be familiar to anyone who went to film school, as it became a favorite choice for scene deconstruction by media teachers across the world. Donnie Darko didn’t make much of an impact at the box office, but it found a huge audience when it was released on DVD, which led to it becoming a cult classic.
Donnie Darko is the story of a teenager who cheats death when a jet engine mysteriously crashes into his bedroom while he is out of the house. It is around this time that a dead man in a horrifying rabbit costume keeps appearing to Donnie in visions, telling him that the world will end in twenty eight days.
It is an excellent movie that requires multiple viewings to truly understand the story (or you could cheat and seek out the director’s cut on DVD instead).
11. Mindhunter (Season 1)
True Detective had an incredible first season. It told the story of two FBI agents who were caught up in a horrifying case involving ritualistic murder and references to the Cthulhu Mythos. The fans eagerly awaited the second season… and were given a boring story that lacked any of the nuances of the original season.
Those who crave a similar story to the original season of True Detective should be interested in Mindhunter. This is a show based on a book about the methods used by the FBI to learn the patterns of serial killers.
This is the premise of Mindhunter, as special agent Holden Ford has to get into the minds of captive serial killers so that he can use their knowledge to solve current cases that have eluded the FBI. Mindhunter is directed by David Fincher, which will be his second TV show directing gig after House of Cards.
One of the best things about Netflix is that the service isn’t afraid to broadcast foreign TV shows. Netflix has no problem with putting up things like Japanese anime or dramas from Korea, which have found an audience that they may never have been able to reach without the streaming service. We are now seeing shows that are being produced in Italy, with the first of them being Suburra.
Suburra is an Italian mobster series that is loosely based on real-life events. It’s technically a prequel to a film of the same name, which was also financed by Netflix. Suburra is all about the connections between organized crime, politics, and the church in the city of Rome.
The show and the original movie are both also based on a book of the same name, which tells a fictional account of the end of the Berlusconi regime. Suburra tells the story of a fight over land in 2008, which brings corrupt politicians into a struggle with the Mafia.
9. The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino quickly made a name for himself in the movie world with his directorial debut: Reservoir Dogs. This was followed by Pulp Fiction, which is considered by many to be a strong contender for the greatest movie of all time.
The quality of Tarantino’s films dropped for a while after this; Jackie Brown is a great substitute for Ambien because of how boring it is, the Kill Bill movies were all spectacle and no substance, Death Proof was just plain bad and Inglourious Basterds had a mixed reception at best.
The recent Quentin Tarantino movies have shown an amazing return to the promise of his original movies. His most recent film, The Hateful Eight, is his best movie in years. The Hateful Eight is about eight strangers who seek refuge from a blizzard. Each of these strangers is more villainous than the last and it seems that a confrontation between them is all but inevitable.
8. Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States
There are some comedians who are able to transplant parts of their stand-up act into a TV show. This was the fate of Judah Friedlander, who often performed with large trucker hats that had humorous statements printed on them. He managed to include this aspect of his act into the role of Frank in 30 Rock, which he played throughout the run of the show.
Judah Friedlander has been performing stand-up comedy since 1989. He is now best-known for his movie and TV roles, but it’s stand-up that’s in his blood. He will be joining the ranks of numerous other famous stand-up comedians when his new special airs on Netflix.
America Is The Greatest Country In The United States will be Friedlander’s response to the current policial climate in his homeland, which will feature jokes about “racism, sexism, imperialism, climate change, health care, LGBTQ rights, fascism, drones, and mass incarceration.”
7. The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson
It seems that the best place to find justice is through a Netflix documentary. Without Making a Murderer, the truth behind the mishandling of Brendan Dassey’s conviction would likely have never come to light. The success of Making a Murderer has also led to other documentaries that aim to reopen old criminal cases, in an effort to find justice.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is a documentary about the suspicious circumstances behind the death of one of the founders of the Gay Liberation Front and S. T. A. R. Marsha Johnson was a trans woman, who was a prominent figure in New York City’s art scene.
Her body was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992. The police ruled the death a suicide, even though Marsha had suffered a massive wound to the back of her head. Marsha’s friends believe that she was murdered and have been trying to find out the truth behind her death.
6. The Mist (Season 1)
The second Stephen King adaptation that appears on this list is The Mist. This isn’t the first outing for The Mist, as it had previously been turned into a movie. The movie version of The Mist is notable for the fact that it changed the ending in a way that Stephen King thought was way better than what he wrote in the novel. We won’t spoil it for your here, as the movie ending should be enjoyed without any kind of warning as to what happens.
The Mist is about a supernatural mist that surrounds the town of Bridgeville in Maine. The mist prevents the people of the town from escaping, as it hides a supernatural creature that kills anyone that tries to pass through. The presence of the mist leads to the rise of a religious cult among the survivors, with ritual sacrifices being offered up to the being within the mist.
5. The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate Del Castillo Story
Only the most ruthless and heartless people can join the ranks of the most powerful drug dealers of the world. Joaquin Guzman, better known as El Chapo, was regarded as the richest drug lord in the world, which made him a target for both the police and other gangsters.
It seems that even a man as powerful as El Chapo wasn’t immune to the charms of stardom, as he allowed Sean Penn and a famous Mexican actress called Kate del Castillo to his private hideout for an interview.
The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story is the first of a three-part series that details the legendary meeting between two celebrities and the most feared man in Mexico.
The documentary will include exclusive footage of the meeting and will tell Castillo’s side of the story. She is no longer allowed to return to Mexico, as there is an outstanding detainment order for her, due to her connections to El Chapo.
4. Voltron: Legendary Defenders (Season 4)
Netflix has a very high turn around when it comes to their animated shows. It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about the upcoming third season of Voltron: Legendary Defenders. That’s because it was first broadcast in August. The fourth season of the show is hot on the heels of the third, as it is coming next month. This is due to the fact that the third season was half the size of the first two.
Voltron: Legendary Defenders is a highly acclaimed reboot of Beast King GoLion, which was released in English-speaking territories as Voltron. The show follows the story of the five Paladins who pilot the Voltron mechas, as they are the only ones who can stand up to the might of the Galra Empire. The third season ended with the truth behind the origins of the Voltron mechas revealed. The upcoming fourth season will deal with the repercussions of this revelation.
3. She Makes Comics
The American comic book industry has always been seen as something of a boys club. Marvel and DC’s comics are still mainly purchased by males, which is something that the billion-dollar movie franchises that they have spawned have been unable to change. The same is true of the people behind the scenes, as most of the people who work on the comics are also men.
She Makes Comics is a documentary that was funded by Kickstarter in 2014. The purpose of the movie is to tell the stories of the women who made major contributions to the comic book industry, yet never receive recognition for their work.
The documentary focuses on celebrating the careers of the women who left a mark on the comic book industry while exploring the new avenues and opportunities that are available to those who want to make their own mark.
2. One Of Us
It might come as a surprise to learn that there is a Netflix documentary that portrays the Hasidic community as a kind of cult that threatens the members who try to leave. This is the concept behind One of Us, which focuses on the struggles of those who are cut off from their old life when they lose faith in God.
The creators of One of Us followed three former Hasidic Jews for three years. It chronicles how they were abandoned and abused by their former family members, as well as revealing how they struggle to function in life outside of the community.
The Hasidim are an insular community, which means that many of its members are unfamiliar with modern life and technology. One of Us paints a frightening picture of becoming an outcast from your former way of life, in order to enter a new one that you are wholly unprepared for.
1. Stranger Things (Season 2)
Netflix has been responsible for some amazing original TV show and movies, but none of them compare to Stranger Things, which is considered by many to be the best thing ever produced by the streaming service.
Stranger Things is basically a love letter to the movies of Stephen Spielberg and films like Stand By Me. Indeed, it seems that Stranger Things influenced the recent remake of It (especially as both projects star Finn Wolfhard), even though Stranger Things was inspired by the It miniseries from 1990.
It is the story of kids encountering the supernatural in smalltown America in the ’80s. The producers of the show have been tight-lipped about the details of the second season of Stranger Things, to the point where the showrunners have given fake titles for the upcoming episodes, in order to discourage analysis of their meaning. It seems cruel to speculate now, as we are so close to returning to the strange things happening in the town of Hawkins…
The new series of Stranger Things will debut on Netflix on October 27th.
Are you excited to see these new shows and movies joining Netflix? Can you think of any other new arrivals that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments!
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